Sunday, September 22, 2013

Trusting God through a health crisis

It's been a year since I broke my ankle.   

I've been thinking about how God saw me through. I gained spiritual maturity and closeness to God. 

If you fear for your health, trust God. 

The Bible gives examples of God giving "prescription" for healing.

 He uses doctors and others in miraculous ways. 

Be encouraged.

I share my notes based on Dr. David Jeremiah's sermon, “Fearing for your health.”

Isaiah 38:21 For Isaiah had told Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment of figs and spread it over the boil, and he will get well again.”

God gave a prescription for Hezekiah's illness. God uses medications / people to help us.

1.   Control  your mind –

2 Timothy 1:7 The Voice
You see,
did not give us
a cowardly spirit
but a
loving, and
disciplined spirit.

Proverbs 18:14 
The human spirit 
can endure a long illness,
but who can survive a crushed spirit?

2.   Count your blessings. In everything give thanks. Spot your blessings like wild flowers.

3.   Continue your work. Work is a therapy

4.   Claim your promises.

John 11:4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “The purpose of his illness is not death, but for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this situation.”

For the Christian, it never ends in death. It's never permanent. God may heal us here or in heaven.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

How to walk wisely: Joshua 1:8

My notes from Dr. Stanley's sermon
Find it here:
Sermon dated Aug. 7, 2013:  How to walk wisely

Take notes!
1. You must make the decision to walk wisely.

2. Stay in the word--meditate on the Bible. Ask questions.

Joshua 1:8 Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips. Meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to live by all that is written in it. If you do, as you make your way through this world, you will prosper and always find success. 

--God will give you understanding, if you ask for it.

3. Be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
We learn by failure and mistakes.

4. Believe that God is all wise.

5. Trust God. Obey and leave all the consequences to him.

6. Have courage to do what God says when you don't understand. Better to fail in front of others and not in front of God.  Be courageous. Watch God build your confidence. Be strong in The Lord and the power of his might.  

7. Persevere in difficult, trying times. 

There are many attractions and distractions that may derail us. 

The strong life: My notes from a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley -Matthew 7:24-29

You can find Dr. Stanley's message here - it's called A Strong Life dated 9-13-2013:

Matthew 7:24-29
“All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won’t collapse, for it is built on rock.

 “But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. 
 For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”
 The crowds were amazed at Jesus’ sermons, for he taught as one who had great authority, and not as their Jewish leaders.

1.   Place trust in Jesus. 
2.   Guided by the Holy Spirit. Indwelled. For God's purpose.
3.   Priority: spend time with God in prayer. He is first.
4.   Teaching and application of the word. Hear and apply.
5.   See Jesus as the strength of my life.
6.   Quick to forgive.
7.   Inner peace. 
8.   Ask God to speak to my life; grow with others; worship. 
9.   Be goal oriented. There's a purpose for my life. 
10. Be confident.
11. Be fruitful. In Character, conduct, conversation. 
12. Impact other people. 

God is faithful no matter what we do. Ask Him how to make necessary adjustments.